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30 INFANT SEAMSTRESSES.
Into One Of Those Narrow, Gloomy Streets...
were most to be pitied . To be sure slie might have gone to the union , and it is so very easy to send old people there . We
somehow are quite old of peop opinion le do that hang she 1 back would Yery have much been . We better shouldn there 't , , were but
we in their position , oh no ! What a special favor it is that we , who would be such perfect specimens of propriety under any
circumstances of poverty and distress , should be placed so far above their influence . You and I , dear reader , would be very cleanly for
instance , would we not ? But cleanliness does cost something , whatever people may say to the contrary . Ah ! none know better than
the seamstress that " time is money . " Suppose a very common case : a hard-wrought seamstress has just now but one penny , which she
designs to spend in soap . She is content to wait till the morrow for ing food and , coug but her hing little and child choking stands 1 and at all her for knee bread , pleading tillhoarse and weep with
-, , , , the vain petition , it lies down moaning and exhausted at her feet . Ask your heart if it would be so very easy to answer that faint
hunger cry with a clean pinafore . But now there arose a murmuring among the children about the
removal of a canary , which it seemed had been used to sing in the window . They missed it , and there was a general reflection on the
old woman , who defended her conduct in its removal , hy stating that the little ones were all the time looking at it instead of minding
their work . They all promised , however , that if it might be brought back they would " never look at it once . " The old lady was
inexorable , and there was a general expression of discontent , which , after some other proposals on their part , receiving a decided
negative , gradually subsided , and again there was a general silence . A very old clock , that ticked as if it were tiredtold its strokes
, audibly . A faint restless hum of child-voices rose _from the street , and in the next apartment was heard the monotonous jargon of
some man evidently drunk , till it seemed " That all these sounds yblent , inclined all to sleep . "
It might not be . The little child that had interested us so much was awoke . We pleaded for a little more sleepbut the shirts had
to go in , and , though we had been doing a little , ourselves , we saw that if they mustnot a stitch might be lostand the hands must
, , move a little more quickly . Contrary to our expectation the little creature did not cry on being awoke , but meekly threaded her
needle , and with a sigh of resignation recommenced her hemming . Oh , how thankful were we , when a few weeks later we saw those
little hands folded and still , and those sad wistful eyes sealed in a slumber which no earthly voice might break .
What a credit to the mothers were some of those children . How clean their headsand carefully parted their hair . We observed
, that one of them had a bit of white tucker stitched in her frock ,
and the hair of another was attempted to be curled . " Very un-
30 Infant Seamstresses.
30 INFANT SEAMSTRESSES .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Sept. 1, 1859, page 30, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01091859/page/30/